Posted on October 22, 2019
It promised to be a pleasant mid-October day with little wind. Cool 45F morning air was the price of admission as we started our paddle on a local reservoir. Seeking the sun’s warmth we headed for the western shore as the canoe moved through the still water with a graceful confidence. The outing was prompted by a favorable forecast and the realization that, given the time of year, one never knows how many nice day’s are left. Leaves still adorned trees with subtle hints of central Ohio’s fall color. In a month, should we be blessed with a equally warm day, branches would be bare the landscape brown and gray.
The west side of the long narrow reservoir is populated by numerous large homes set back (for the most part) a reasonable distance from the shore. A few small interspersed wooded areas provide a nice habitat for deer, beaver, mink and various species of birds. As we headed north, warblers, blue jays, and robins flitted about at waters edge in trees warmed by the morning sun, none cooperating for a photograph.
However, we hadn’t gone far when a young male Wood Duck was spotted. It wasn’t sure which way to go as we approached and it’s ever changing direction caused it’s blue wing feathers to light up.
Other things were also seen during our paddle and as we briefly explored the north end of the reservoir on foot.
We have seen our share of Whitetail Dear along the reservoir. In fact they are so common we hardly take notice. But at one point during our paddle what we saw stopped us in our tracks. At first, with only the tip of one antler visible, it wasn’t clear what it was, but as I slowed the canoe, and my wife got ready to shoot, it looked up.
We had never seen such a large buck and it made our day!
Nineteen mile an hour winds will keep us off the reservoir today so perhaps I’ll actually get some things done around the house. Thanks for stopping by.
Category: Birding in Ohio, canoeing in central ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Griggs Reservoir, Griggs Reservoir Park, Kiwanis Riverway Park, Nature Photography, Ohio Nature, Paddling and Nature Photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers, wildlife Tagged: Downy Woodpecker, Field Sparrow, Fiery Skipper, Great Blue Heron, Map Turtle, Monkey Flower, White-crowned Sparrow, White-tailed Deer, Wood Duck
Posted on April 27, 2017
It was a beautiful day for a hike at Highbanks Metro Park with friends. Warblers were our main objective but no doubt there would be other things to fascinate if the warblers decided not to cooperate.
One of those things turned out to be concretions. We’ve hiked and explored High Banks for years but one thing we’ve never noticed are the concretions that exist along creek bottoms in the park. This partly due to the fact that they are not visible from the main trail and generally we avoid going off trail so as to not damage the landscape which, as is the case with most metro parks, is easily overrun. In this particular case we wondered why there was a worn path leading off the main trail so we decided to follow it for awhile.
According Wikipedia, “A concretion is a hard, compact mass of matter formed by the precipitation of mineral cement within the spaces between particles, and is found in sedimentary rock or soil. Concretions are often ovoid or spherical in shape, although irregular shapes also occur. Concretions form within layers of sedimentary strata that have already been deposited. They usually form early in the burial history of the sediment, before the rest of the sediment is hardened into rock. This concretionary cement often makes the concretion harder and more resistant to weathering than the host stratum.”
After the fascination of the concretions we decided to wander down the trail and see what warblers we might find.
While not warblers, we hadn’t gone far when several Ruby-crowned Kinglets appeared in low lying bushes and weren’t shy about displaying their ruby crowns. They weren’t as good about sitting still of a picture. Along the Olentangy River Yellow-throated Warblers could be heard but not seen high in the Sycamores.
Other birds were more cooperative.
As is often the case in the spring if one thing eludes there are always other things to enjoy. On this particular day it was trilliums many of which had turned pink as well as the many other wildflowers.
There were also nice groupings . . .
and phlox trillium bouquets.
Other types of trilliums were also seen.
May Apples were starting to bloom.
Other flowers, some not real common on central Ohio, were also seen.
To one that is so inclined, time spent in nature feeds the soul. In spring the uninterrupted songs of the various birds as they go about their day is sublime even when they remain unseen. The air seems especially fragrant and pure. The still deep blue sky frames the translucent green of the immerging overhead leaves. Flowers grace the forest floor with their varied and unique loveliness.
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Category: Birding in Ohio, Central Ohio Nature, Columbus, Highbanks Metro Park, Ohio Nature, photography, Wildflowers Tagged: Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Concretions, Corn Salad, Dames Rocket, Dogwood, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Goldenseal, Gray Squirrel, Large-flowered Trillium, Mayapple, Nodding Trillium, Panasonic FZ150, Panasonic FZ200, Philadelphia Fleabane, Purple Cress, Red Winged Blackbird, Solomon's Seal, Tufted Titmouse, White-throated Sparrow, Wild Geranium
Posted on June 4, 2016
Recent explorations in the central Ohio natural places have been good to us. As mentioned in previous posts the warblers are becoming quieter and much harder to find but as is often the case we find other things to fascinate. Below are some discoveries from the past week.
Early summer wildflowers and flowering trees and bushes.
While we’re not seeing the warblers now other birds are still cooperating.
This past week it was fascinating to see Snapping Turtles laying their eggs at Griggs Park.
Other reptiles and amphibians also made an appearance.
We’re heading into the insect time of year. Confirmed by the number seen recent walks.
When you’re looking for interesting insects and flowers other things magically appear.
Hope everyone enjoyed our nature menagerie.
Until next time, thanks for stopping by.
Category: Central Ohio Nature, Central Ohio Parks, Fungi, Glacier Ridge Metro Park, Griggs Reservoir, Highbanks Metro Park, O'Shaughnessy Nature Preserve, Ohio Nature, photography, Scioto River, Wildflowers Tagged: Barn Swallow, Bleeding Tooth, Blue Dasher, Blue Flag Iris, Bootstrap fungus, bullfrog, Bumble Bee, Cabbage White, Canon 3ti 18-135mm lens, Canon 60D with Sigma 150-500mm, Canon SX40, Common Whitetail, Eastern Phoebe, Field Sparrow, Fire Pink, Goats Beard, Great Blue Heron, Hairy Beardtongue, Hairy Hawkweed, Panasonic FZ200, Panasonic ZS50, Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Rocket, Rat Snake, Red-eyed Vireo, Red-tailed Hawk, Silver Spotted Skipper, Snapping Turtle, Song Sparrow, Spiderwort, Squarrose Sedge, Squawroot, Tawny-edged Skipper, Tulip Flower, Virginia Waterleaf, Zabulon Skipper
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